Community Rounds
April 7, 2021

Identifying SUD Bias and Addressing Stigma in the Clinical Setting

Peter Jackson, MD

Our speaker is Peter Jackson, MD, Co-Director of Clinical Affairs, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UVM Larner College of Medicine, Burlington, VT. This presentation outlines practical approaches to identifying personal bias and addressing stigma in the clinical care setting.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify contemporary models of understanding substance use and substance use disorders (SUDs)
  2. Describe the difference between cause and controllability when considering the impact of stigma and bias in the clinical care setting
  3. Discuss the cultural implications of substance use stigma and bias in rural communities
  4. Identify how a person-centered approach and Motivational Interviewing (MI) can be used in the clinical setting to decrease stigma and personal provider bias


Peter Jackson, MD

Peter Jackson, MD

Dr. Jackson is an Assistant Professor at the UVM Larner College of Medicine and UVM Medical Center where he specializes in both child and adolescent psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. In both the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry he currently serves on committees responsible for preventing and treating substance use disorders in teens. He completed medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine, residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center, and completed fellowships in both child and adolescent psychiatry and addiction psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His writing and teaching have included additional emphasis on the role of parents and family members in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.